NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent will miss this weekend's monster three-game series at Louisville after being bitten by a copperhead snake in his front yard on Wednesday night.
The coach was walking his puppy, Sammi, in his Raleigh neighborhood when the snake appeared and bit him on the ankle and Sammi on the nose. Avent ended up killing the snake with an umbrella and then put in a bag so he could bring it with him to the hospital because he thought he thought the doctors (and vets) would need to know what type of snake bite they were dealing with.
"I've watched too many Western movies," Avent told the Raleigh News & Observer. "I don't know, that's what I thought I was supposed to do. I brought the snake in a bag into the hospital and they were like, ‘Get that thing out of here.' "
Avent and Sammi were both treated and released under the advice to rest for the next 48 to 72 hours, which means missing the trip to Louisville for one of NC State's biggest series of the season.
"I'm fine, I just need to rest," Avent said. "I'm just mad more than anything else. I've coached through a concussion and kidney stones. I've never missed a game in my life."
First pitch between the 5th-ranked Cards and the 10th-ranked Wolfpack is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Jim Patterson.